Accreditation

Prohibiting 'do not use' abbreviations on all documentation is the safest way to success

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, August 1, 2007

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Editor's note: Each month, BOJ will analyze a National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) FAQ with expert analysis from The Greeley Company (TGC), a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. You can find the complete list of NPSG FAQs answered by The Joint Commission atwww.jointcommission.org/PatientSafety/NationalPatientSafetyGoals. Although they don't add any new requirements for hospitals, the NPSG FAQs addressing NPSG #2B (standardizing a "do not use" list of abbreviations, acronyms, etc.)do clear up some confusion. The most important of the new FAQs may be the one addressing prohibited terms in an order when the order is clear despite the prohibited abbreviation.

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